I'm having a problem. This problem happens to me everytime I do something that gets harder as I progress or something that takes a while to accomplish. So basically I'm reading a self-teaching (sort of) calculus book and trying to learn it. I also have a HUGE problem with math that is too easy for me. Now, at the moment I've been doing simple derivative problems that are extremely easy. Just this morning I finished a unit on the Product Rule, Quotient Rule, and the Power Rule. The next unit (that I'm going to do after I finish the problems to get a grip on the 3 previous rules), is dealing with the Power Rule and negative exponents. So anyways, at the moment I'm finding this stuff so easy its hard to make myself pay attention and continue reading. Most of the time I want to skip and go on to a really complex unit that I would have alot of fun doing. Problem is that I need to know the simple stuff to get further. Thats my only motive behind doing this easy stuff. Now, Im only a sophomore in high school, and I haven't even taken algebra 2, actually not even geometry (next semester for that), so I don't have to learn this..but the complex calculus Ive read before and some of the things you can do with calculus really interests me, so thats why I study it on my own. So my problem is motivation. I want to learn it, I want to do it, but I can't make myself do it. I'm sure if I was in a classroom it'd be easier because my motivation to do the work would be a good grade, rather than a seemingly pointless motive such as "let's learn this just to learn it".. I don't know how to get myself motivated. I tell myself at times, "Well you can't do physics without calculus," or "think of how proud you'd be of yourself if you taught yourself high school calculus without the help of anybody but yourself". I'd had to say the latter is my biggest motive. Ive looked for ways to motivate myself and google'd it and everything. I just can't seem to find anything to do it for me. One site I found, had I think 16 motivation tips, and one of them was something like, "Don't do your goal right when you feel like doing it, because you'll not want to do it anymore after a little while". It said put your goal a week or so ahead of you and build up on your motive to do this goal. I was thinking of doing this, maybe taking 2 or 3 days off and getting back to it, but the reason I don't do it is because I feel like if I put it off for even 2 days I might not have any motivation at all to go back to it and then just drop it, once again failing a big goal I've tried to achieve, which is what I don't want to do at all, or I might forget some of the material and have to review all that boring material. I don't even take notes on this stuff usually I read it 2 or 3 times and try to memorize it. Guess it works pretty well because I remember how to solve everything (but alot of times I forget the steps used in solving certain problems, etc.). Anyways, does anybody have any kind of tips or help they could give me to help get me motivated to do this? I've tried making myself do it, even when I'm not motivated, but usually give up because I just can't make myself interested in it at the time. In fact, motivation was the reason I dropped studying physics on my own (along with not knowing the math, which is the main reason I study calculus now).